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Forced into Increasing Productivity

Friday, September 11th, 2009

There’s tons of different ways to start increasing productivity. From starting small to figuring out detailed step by step methods. One way to start increasing productivity that I’ve never really considered is being forced to.

Now increasing productivity is generally a choice we make to get our lives easier to manage but when we’re forced to start increasing productivity it can actually be a blessing in disguise. Even when we’re forced to do things we don’t want to do if end result leads us to our goal of increasing productivity it will probably be worth it.

Just an example; I’ve traveled about 20 miles to work every morning for the last 10 years. From the day I started I’ve made sure I have alternate ways to get there just to ensure I arrive in a timely manner (and more importantly so I don’t get stuck sitting there red-faced with steam coming out of my ears as I travel 2 and half miles per hour while some idiot driving the Mercedes in front of me drifts back and forth into my lane while trying to talk on a cell phone and eat a bowl of cereal all the while steering his car with his knee). Well today as I left my house I checked the traffic only to find that all 3 of my options we no longer viable due to heavy traffic (hopefully the idiot in the Mercedes dropped his cell phone in his cereal bowl which in turn fell on the knee that he was steering his car with and he ended up in a ditch somewhere). Regardless of the cause there’s no way I would have made it to my destination in time. So with no other choice I ventured out on a road less traveled and by that, I mean a road I never took to work before. Turns out the way I was forced to take had less traffic than my alternate routes and a pleasant view almost the entire way.

The point of my rambling is that even after 10 years it took something extreme and rare to get me out of my routine and to again attempt increasing productivity in a way I hadn’t ever considered. Increasing productivity is usually always going to be a conscious decision but the times that it’s not may lead you to way of increasing productivity that you’ve never considered. Keep that in mind next time you’re sitting behind some idiot.